Prasophyllum pyriforme E.Coleman

Victorian Naturalist 49: 195, t.14 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering stem slender to stout, 30–60 cm tall. Leaf-blade 10–25 cm long, 3–6 mm diam. at base, apex suberect, senescent at flowering time. Flowers 30–50, green to greenish brown, pink or mauve, fragrant, in a crowded spike 10–15 cm long; ovary obovoid, 4–6 mm long; sepals 8–11 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, lateral sepals usually fused for much of their length, linear-lanceolate, recurved, parallel; petals linear-oblong, 7–9 mm long. Labellum subsessile, porrect, 6–8 mm long, recurved at about right angles near middle, lamina usually pink or white, margins irregular; callus plate prominently raised, greenish, wrinkled, broad at base then tapered, extending almost to the labellum apex. Column appendages linear, c. 2 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

CVU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, SnM, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also NSW. Occurs in hill country woodlands and open forests on well-drained clay loams.

The distribution of this species is poorly known due to confusion with several closely related species.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum pyriforme in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum pyriforme in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales